Mattie Miracle 8th Annual Walk & Family Festival was an $88,000 Success!!!

Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation Promotional Video

Thank you for keeping Mattie's memory alive!

Dear Mattie Blog Readers,

It means a great deal to us that you take the time to write to us and to share your thoughts, feelings, and reflections on Mattie's battle and death. Your messages are very meaningful to us and help support us through very challenging times. To you we are forever grateful. As my readers know, I promised to write the blog for a year after Mattie's death, which would mean that I could technically stop writing on September 9, 2010. However, at the moment, I feel like our journey with grief still needs to be processed and fortunately I have a willing support network still committed to reading. Therefore, the blog continues on. If I should find the need to stop writing, I assure you I will give you advanced notice. In the mean time, thank you for reading, thank you for having the courage to share this journey with us, and most importantly thank you for keeping Mattie's memory alive.

As Mattie would say, Ooga Booga (meaning, I LOVE YOU)! Vicki and Peter

The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation celebrates its 7th anniversary!

The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation was created in the honor of Mattie.

We are a 501(c)(3) Public Charity. We are dedicated to increasing childhood cancer awareness, education, advocacy, research and psychosocial support services to children, their families and medical personnel. Children and their families will be supported throughout the cancer treatment journey, to ensure access to quality psychosocial and mental health care, and to enable children to cope with cancer so they can lead happy and productive lives. Please visit the website at: and take some time to explore the site.

We have only gotten this far because of people like yourself, who have supported us through thick and thin. So thank you for your continued support and caring, and remember:

.... Let's Make the Miracle Happen and Stomp Out Childhood Cancer!

A Remembrance Video of Mattie

Random Shots of Mattie, Family and Friends

November 13, 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Tonight's picture was taken in November of 2007. Mattie was five years old and we were visiting Roosevelt Island that weekend. Mattie loved the Island and now whenever we walk over the bridge to enter the Island, I can vividly recall moments like this with Mattie. You may notice that I am holding a huge leaf in my hands. When we walked with Mattie, there was always a keep sake from nature that Mattie wanted to bring home with us.... a rock, leaf, acorn, or branch.

Quote of the day: Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. ~ Elizabeth Andrew

Peter and I had our God daughter, Charlotte, and her parents over today for lunch. Since I remember what it was like to raise a nine month old, we tried to host a tasty and relaxing day for the family. Mainly because I remember when Mattie was nine months, I was always exhausted and never had the opportunity to have a free hand/arm to eat. 

We got Charlotte a couple of gifts. Gifts that Mattie used and liked. So we were hoping Charlotte would feel the same way about them. Look who was in the background of this photo. Sunny handled Charlotte's visit beautifully!

After our luncheon, we cleaned up and then packed up the car with more candy that was donated to us from Charlotte's parents and a DC Girl Scout Troop. We brought the candy to our friend, Ann's house. 
This was what was happening at Ann's house tonight! More candy sorting. We want to thank Mary Doane (and her daughter Abbie), Sue Whitney (and her daughters Beth and Kate), Marisa Tordella, and Jordan for their amazing efforts. 

The girls sorting candy tonight! They were stellar volunteers!
Mary and Sue.... sorting and helping to guide the process. I met Mary through Mattie's preschool and we have been friend ever since. Sue heads the Girl Scout Troop of Mattie's 9th grade class mates. Both Mary and Sue are big Mattie Miracle supporters. 
Our friend Marisa.... working hard and keeping us organized! Marisa is no stranger to Mattie Miracle, as she runs our Annual Walk's bake sale the past seven years!
One of my favorite photos..... Sunny--- in and among the activity. He loved the excitement and the attention from all the volunteers.

When candy is being sorted, there is true chaos everywhere. Ziplocs, bins, and piles of candy. Yet Sunny managed through all of this and did not eat the candy or disturb the process. 

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